In The Artist’s Studio

by Arturo Ricci


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 27 x 36 inches (68.6 x 91.4 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas



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    Catalogue No: 6184 Categories: , ,

    Here Ricci provides us with a glimpse into the world – or studio – of an early portraitist, revealing his work to an intimate audience. The detail in this painting is remarkable; from the wrinkled edges of the rug, to the preliminary sketch mounted in the background, to the expressive faces of the admirers, every millimetre is considered.

    Ricci was a Florentine artist, born in 1854, who typically painted anecdotal scenes of upper-class family life, with a particularly skilled hand for shimmering silks and satins. Collectors across Europe and the United States found Ricci’s historical genre appealing, depicting what stood in stark contrast to the harsh realities of the Industrial Revolution: the perceived height of sophistication, decadence, and taste.

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